Glenn Palade is back as Monett's animal control officer.
Palade held the position for five years, succeeding Jim Able, who had the job for nine years before he passed away from cancer in 2001. Palade retired four and a half years ago. Alicia Graves followed in the job and left the post on Nov. 1.
"I have a lot of animal experience," Palade said. "I've showed dogs and horses. I had a horse carriage business in Arizona for 15 years and went to horseshoe school in 1984."
Since retiring, Palade has been busy with his rental properties. When Graves stepped down, Palade said he was contacted and agreed to help on a part-time basis.
"They later asked if I would be interested in the job fulltime," Palade said. "I thought about it and said yes."
Palade is on duty five days a week during business hours. He said the old animal control truck was fine, but the new one is even better.
"I like finding animals new homes and seeing they are properly taken care of," Palade said. "It's not a job for everybody. Sometimes there's animal abuse and neglect and sometimes you have to make decisions. We can't find homes for everyone, but we can keep them from getting hurt on the streets."
Palade can be reached by contacting the Monett Police Department at 235-4241.